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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Missouri sues China over costs associated with COVID-19

Athena Franklin Staff Writer April 28, 2020

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit Tuesday, April 21 against the Chinese government for causing the global coronavirus pandemic.

KMBC News reported that the lawsuit claims “China suppressed information, arrested whistleblowers, and denied the contagious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District courts alleges that China’s actions led to the loss of life and severe economic consequences in Missouri.


Colleges fear dropping enrollment as a result of pandemic

Athena Franklin Staff Writer April 20, 2020

The coronavirus is impacting the majority of college campuses across the country, forcing many to close for the remainder of the school year. This is affecting methods of learning, teaching, and working for students, professors, and faculty.

As college applications are turned in and acceptance letters are sent out to millions of high school seniors eager to make the big decision on where they will attend class in the fall, universities across the country fear lower enrollments and anxiously await formal student acceptance processes and fall registrations.


Local Bay Area food supplier brings the goods

Athena Franklin Staff Writer April 6, 2020

Norcal Prime Foods is a small family run business in Concord, California. The business offers home delivery service, and they carry all organic meats, poultry, seafood, and organic vegetables. All their food is individually wrapped and can be delivered to your front door.

NorCal Prime Foods distributes their homemade salsa, hummus, guacamole, and chips to the local grocery stores like Raley’s in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Rohnert Park.


Cruise ship traveler contracts COVID-19

Athena Franklin Staff Writer March 30, 2020

Vacations are usually supposed to be stress-free and a getaway from most worries, but lately that hasn’t been the case. Since the coronavirus has rapidly spread across most of the world, traveling has put many people at high risk for getting the virus.

Sharon, a 34-year-old mother of two from Visalia in the Central Valley, traveled to Ensenada, Baja Mexico in early March. She and eleven of her friends went on a cruise to celebrate a bachelorette party. The cruise line she traveled on was the Carnival Imagination.


Juul sued for targeting youth

Athena Franklin Staff Writer March 11, 2020

Juul, a popular American electronic cigarette company founded in 2015 by James Monsees and Adam Bowen, is being sued for allegedly targeting kids with ads on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and other platforms.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told,“Juul knew it was selling to kids...They plastered the internet.”

According to Healey, “Juul decided against doing an ad campaign designed for an older audience and instead specially chose one that targeted young people...the information that we uncovered in our investigation demonstrates Juul’s intent; they didn’t accidentally create an advertising campaign with young and attractive people, that’s what they were going for all along.”


Weinstein convicted

Athena Franklin Staff Writer March 4, 2020

Harvey Weinstein, film producer and co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was found guilty of two of five criminal charges. On Feb. 24, after deliberating for five days, the jury convicted Weinstein on one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree.

First-degree criminal sexual assault carries a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and allows for a maximum of 25 years.


Sonoma State known for helping transfer students succeed

Athena Franklin Staff Writer February 26, 2020

College is a big transition for many, and for transfer students the problem of picking the right school to transfer into with the goal of graduation in mind can be just as challenging.. Sonoma State University has worked hard to ease students’ stress, and the result of these efforts is the highest graduation rate for transfer students among all the Cal State Universities.

According to, Sonoma State has a 62.2% graduation rate for its transfer students in 2018.


Renting clothes: the new fashion trend

Athena Franklin Staff Writer February 19, 2020

Popular clothing brands are beginning to offer the option of renting clothes for a small monthly fee. Brands including Bloomingdale’s, Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters are picking up on this trend. Some footwear chains are also considering taking part in the new fashion trend.


Controversy at the Super bowl

Athena Franklin Staff Writer February 12, 2020

The Superbowl halftime show has become a tradition in American football that many people look forward to watching every February. This year’s Super Bowl LIV halftime show was performed by Shakira Ripoll and Jeniffer Lopez, the first Latina duo to headline the event.


Prison inmates beat Harvard students in a debate

Athena Franklin Staff Writer February 5, 2020

Inmates in a New York maximum-security prison beat Harvard students in a debate, drawing attention to the scholarly talent some inmates possess


Netflix’s Recent Docu-series Leaves Aaron Hernandez Fans Shocked.

Athena Franklin Staff Writer January 29, 2020

Earlier this month the three part docu-series, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez was released on Netflix. The show looks into the life of a talented, young football star who was convicted of murder and ultimately committed suicide. 

Natural disasters impact all, but especially the young and broke

Athena Franklin Staff Writer December 22, 2019

A raging wildfire in California, a hurricane in New York, or mass flooding in Texas: natural disasters are a fact of life. The loss of homes, family members, animals, personal possessions and much more are a part of these traumatic disasters.

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